Filibustering Appointees is Wrong, No Matter Which Party You Belong To

by Sal on April 1, 2009

in Election 2010,Election 2012,Law,Politics

Republicans are sending signals that they may attempt to filibuster two Obama appointments, one for a court of appeals and one for a position in the Department of Justice.  Some make the case that the Democrats introduced the filibuster procedure into appointment cases, and that Republicans should respond in-kind.  I disagree with that sentiment and argue that Republicans should reject the filibuster of Presidential Appointments.

Ed Morrisey points out that elections do have consequences, and that Republicans can run against Obama’s appointments in 2010 and 2012.  The filibuster is a useful tool for the minority in matters of legislation, and it has real value there.  To argue now for the use of the filibuster in appointment cases, as much as I hate what Obama’s nominees stand for, would be the height of hypocrisy.  The filibuster of appointments is unconstitutional, and any attempt by Republicans to do so should be opposed.  Republicans should argue their case before the American people, use other procedural tactics to delay and call attention to these nominees, but at the end of the day, they deserve an up-or-down vote.  It’s called the rule of law, and it’s what we as Conservatives cherish and want to see a return to.

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Suni April 2, 2009 at 12:30 pm

Bring on those filibusters! Big time! Now is the time to give the word Filibuster true meaning in the full sense of the word!


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